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An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their ... See full summary »

Director:

John Curran

Writers:

Andrew McGahan (novel), Andrew McGahan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fenton Peter Fenton ... Gordon
Sacha Horler ... Cynthia
Marta Dusseldorp ... Rachel
Ray Bull ... Vass
Joel Edgerton ... Leo
Yvette Duncan Yvette Duncan ... Molly
Tex Perkins Tex Perkins ... Raymond (as Gregory Perkins)
Loene Carmen ... Cathy
Skye Wansey ... Helen
Richard Green Richard Green ... Dave
Lynette Curran ... Sexual Health Worker
Susan Prior ... Sophie
Paul Lum Paul Lum ... Darren
Fiona Mahl Fiona Mahl ... Darren's Girlfriend
Damon Herriman ... Skinhead
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Storyline

An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their relationship is based on unending drink, drugs, and sex. Curiously, though the two are presented in a tender and humorous light that lets the viewer get involved in concerned about their direction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sex and drugs in BrisVegas! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Official Sites:

Siren Entertainment

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1999 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Έπαινος See more »

Filming Locations:

Lindfield, Sydney, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,315, 2 July 2000

Gross USA:

$29,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,874
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Emcee Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Recommend reading McGahan's novel, it's much better.
8 September 2007 | by jonzotSee all my reviews

Loved the book, I've read it many times, but the movie did leave out much of the plot. The book was more sexually charged, less depressing with greater depth. Had some great dark comedic moments though probably greatly exaggerated from McGahan's own experiences.

I lived in Brisbane during the early 90's with my girlfriend at a boarding house in inner city Windsor. A few old alcoholics lived in the rooms above. We were poor uni students so the book takes me back to that time. I can relate to those wasted days of drugs, alcohol, sex and strange nights out in The Valley.

I'd say a lot of Andrew McGahan's novel would be autobiographical as he went to The University of Queensland though dropped out before finishing his Arts Degree. He probably worked at one of the local bottle shops like the RE, Regatta or the Cri, had a sex crazy girlfriend and drank a lot of alcohol and experimented with drugs as you do.

This is a coming of age story that I believe many could relate to from their youth. You must read the novel, it's great.


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